Knife Making in Takefu

Knife Making in Takefu

Knife Sculpture at Takafu Train Station

Knife Sculpture at Takafu Train Station

There are lots of places in Japan to see various artists and artisans, but one of the more unusual is Takefu – where you can go to a forgery where a wide variety of artists create knives.   These aren’t just regular dinner knives – but knives taken to a new level of mastery. Various artists work here, creating works of art with unique patterns created through special forging and polishing techniques.  To get there, you take a cab ride some miles out of town (from the train station).  You’re dropped off at a large, free-standing building in what seems like the middle of nowhere.   Upon entry, there’s an open area with displays of the history of some of the artisans and a wide variety of products on sale.   There’s a self-touring area where you can watch the various works in progress, from the steel creating to forging and polishing.  It’s got some great photo opportunities – here are a few samples.  The most interesting part about this is that, as with so many aspects of Japan, you will find a group of artists who are dedicated to their art and continuing it on to the next generation.  There’s a wall picture that depicts the various masters and their students – a profound way of sharing their pride in both craft and mastery.

Knife Shaping in Process

Knife Shaping in Process

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Process

Knife Curing

Knife Curing

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